Visit this post for the latest links to stories related to the trial of Jeffrey Conroy, the teen accused of stabbing and killing Ecuadorian immigrant Marcelo Lucero. Scroll down for documents and an explanation of our coverage.
Posted August 25, 2010
—Teens Sentenced in Hate Attack Against Marcelo Lucero
Posted May 28, 2010
—With Glowing Profile of Jeffrey Conroy, New York Times Missed Important Details
Posted May 26, 2010
—Jeffrey Conroy Gets Maximum in Killing of Marcelo Lucero
Posted April 22,2010
—Long Island Anti-Immigrant Leader Lashes Out at Lucero’s Mom
Posted April 17, 2010
—Few Pleased With Late-Night Jury Deliberations in Jeffrey Conroy Trial
Posted April 16, 2010
—Court Adjourned for the Night, Deliberations Resume on Monday
Posted April, 15, 2010
—Jeffrey Conroy Case: Jury Asks To Hear Murder Charge
Posted April 14, 2010
—Conroy Jurors Ask for Legal Clarifications
Posted April 13, 2010
—Prosecution to Jury in Jeffrey Conroy Trial: Ignore the “Smoke and Mirrors”
Posted April 12, 2010
—Jeffrey Conroy’s Defense Lawyer Stresses Intent During Closing Statements
Posted April 8, 2010
—Jeffrey Conroy Says He Took Bloody Knife From Friend He Met That Night
Posted April 7, 2010
—Jeffrey Conroy May Testify in His Own Defense
Posted April 5, 2010
—Pained by Her Son’s Murder, Rosario Lucero Not Ready To Attend Trial
Posted April 4, 2010
—Friend of Jeff Conroy Says He First Heard of “Beaner Hopping” Seven Years Ago
Posted April 2, 2010
—Understanding the Medical Evidence in the Marcelo Lucero Case
Posted April 1, 2010
—Medical Examiner: Lucero Was Punched and Stabbed, But Not Repeatedly
Posted March 31, 2010
—Marcelo Lucero’s Blood was on Jeffrey Conroy’s Knife and Jeans, Expert Says
Posted March 30, 2010
—Another Victim of Hate Attacks Testifies in Marcelo Lucero Trial
Posted March 29, 2010
—Jeffrey Conroy’s Knife: “It had Blood on It”
Posted March 26, 2010
—Issues of Race Permeate Marcelo Lucero Murder Case, NY Times Says
Posted March 25, 2010
—370-Foot Trail of Blood from Marcelo Lucero’s Stab Wound
Posted March 24, 2010
—Defense Questions Angel Loja About the Attack on Marcelo Lucero
Posted March 22, 2010
—Marcelo Lucero Trial: Testimony by Three Police Officers on the Arrest of Jeff Conroy
Posted March 19, 2010
—Police Officer Testifies in the Jeffrey Conroy Trial
Posted March 18, 2010
—How Will Delay In Getting Marcelo Lucero To Hospital Impact On Conroy Case?
Posted March 16, 2010
—Opening Statements Set for Thursday in Trial of Teen Accused of Killing Marcelo Lucero
Posted March 15, 2010
—No Alternates Chosen Today in Jeffrey Conroy Trial
Posted March 13, 2010
—Trial of Jeff Conroy For Killing Of Marcelo Lucero May Start Wednesday
Posted March 12, 2010
—Five More Jurors Selected in Trial of Teen Accused of Killing Marcelo Lucero
Posted March 10, 2010
—Slowly, Jury Selection Continues in Jeffrey Conroy Trial
Posted March 9, 2010
—Sixth Juror Selected in Jeffrey Conroy Trial
Posted March 4, 2010, Updated March 5, 2010
—Five Jurors Selected in Trial of Teen Accused of Attacking Marcelo Lucero
—Jury Selection Begins in Trial of Teen Accused of Stabbing Marcelo Lucero
Long Island Wins campaign director Maryann Sinclair Slutsky explains our trial coverage:
On this blog, Long Island Wins today begins taking on a task that’s somewhat beyond the regular scope for a non-profit organization. We’re providing a definitive day-to-day record of an important news event: namely, the trial of those accused of murdering Marcelo Lucero in Patchogue on November 8, 2008.
There are several reasons we believe it is imperative for us to do so.
First, we owe this effort to Marcelo Lucero, the person, the human being. There is no action that any of us can take that would bring him back from this horrible crime. But we intend to do our best to honor his memory by bearing witness, as best we can, to the effort to bring his killers to justice.
Second, we can provide useful context to this historic moment. We know that the attack of November 8 was not an isolated event, and not just because we now know that it was not the only instance that those accused of killing him had sought out Latinos as targets of violence.
As our partners at the Southern Poverty Law Center have so unforgettably detailed, the attack of November 8 was part of a broader pattern of harassment, abuse, and violence towards immigrants on Long Island. Sadly, the lethargic official response to the Lucero killing isn’t unusual for many Suffolk County politicians, who allow the growing cancer of hate to thrive while they ignore reasonable solutions. We hope that we can help our readers come to their own appropriate judgments about just how widely the finger of blame should be cast.
Third, with so many news outlets facing devastating cuts to staff and resources, it is incumbent on other organizations like ours to make sure the case is reported on the scale it needs, with the care it deserves.
Finally, we owe it to our mission. Long Island Wins, as an organization, believes that we can and must find real solutions to our broken immigration system – solutions that maximize the contributions of immigrants to Long Island, that work to bring immigrants under the umbrella of the law, that recognize that our community as a whole becomes stronger when we recognize that we share a common humanity.
We’re not so naive to believe that “hate” can simply be overcome by “facts.” However, we do know that our cause is served by an honest accounting of reality, and an open discussion of the issues we face. And that accounting includes the costs of fomenting a climate of hate on Long Island, and the costs of leaving some basic social problems unaddressed. The story of Marcelo Lucero is integral to that.
We come to our coverage of this trial with a perspective, and we do not apologize for it. But we hope that people with a wide range of views on immigration will find our coverage of the Lucero trial useful and informative. And we hope, that in the final measure, our work will move Long Island to a fuller understanding of the challenges we face, and the importance of facing them together.